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(From New Straits Times (Malaysia))
JOHOR BARU: Learning Mandarin is all the rage in Johor Baru these days.
While such courses were popular only among English-educated Chinese in the past, these days they're in demand among those seeking a competitive edge in the global market.
The burgeoning demand has led several private institutions to offer Mandarin tuition classes for adults.
Conversational Mandarin is the most popular course, as what students learn can be applied immediately in their daily lives.
Sales executive Norita Abdul Rahim, 29, decided to learn the language as most of her clients were Chinese.
"They speak …